Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

One afternoon a few years ago, my son and I took an elevator to a balcony above Grand Central Station.  Peering out over the main terminal, we caught a glimpse of a conductor, walking leisurely, while passengers dashed around him.

Looking down at the conductor at Grand Central Station, New York

Looking down at the conductor above the main terminal, Grand Central Station, New York

I love the view from above.  It calms me and brings clarity to my unruly thoughts.  It also brings  order to events that seem chaotic at ground level.   When I was a restless teenager, I took flying lessons with the Civil Air Patrol.  I  loved hovering above the waves of Long Island Sound, looking down at my diminutive city, miniature cars and roads.  It reminded me that the world was much larger than my little suburban house and my family–with all its strife.  It also confirmed that I had the power to rise above, create my own orbit in a very different path.

To succeed it is necessary to accept the world as it is and rise above it.
Michael Korda

These days, I get that same perspective from looking out the windows of our apartment on the 27th floor.  I gaze at the city sprawling below or the river rushing past.  I miss that view, now that we’re displaced from our home because of the floods two weeks ago.  Yesterday, I climbed back upstairs to get a few things and immediately soaked in the light and airiness of our space–as if we were in a plane coming down for a landing.  We’ll be back in a few more days and I promise myself not to take that view or perspective for granted.

How do you rise above?

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  1. thank you for your words too: “… It also brings order to events that seem chaotic at ground level. When I was a restless teenager, I took flying lessons with the Civil Air Patrol. I loved hovering above the waves of Long Island Sound, looking down at my diminutive city, miniature cars and roads. It reminded me that the world was much larger than my little suburban house and my family…”

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